At St Mary's Star of the Sea, we aim to develop the whole child – intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally – so that our young people, who are educated in faith founded in the person of Jesus Christ, live their lives with a hope-filled future. We aim to be proactive in meeting the social, emotional and spiritual needs of all our students.
Pastoral care at St Mary's is based on the ideals of a Christian community.
Pastoral care is love in action and is founded upon:
Student wellbeing is of the utmost importance at St Mary's Star of the Sea. We are eager to ensure that all our students enjoy a healthy mind, body and spirit, and we integrate a number of programs to support this.
Counselling for students and their families is also available from CatholicCare. A school counsellor visits the school regularly for individual sessions as well as advising and supporting staff on appropriate programs for small groups and classes. Read more about the school counselling available to students.
If a staff member or parent feels that counselling may help a student, they need to discuss this with the principal who may discuss this with the counsellor and/or parent and arrange the appropriate permission forms and questionnaires to be completed by parents and staff.
Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness. It can be practised by anyone, wherever you are on your life’s journey. It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and to keep on beginning.
The staff and students at St Mary’s take part in daily Christian Meditation as a means to support both their spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Numerous studies into meditation have found positive outcomes for mental health and well being and the students at St Mary’s feedback that meditation helps them to feel calm, peaceful and relaxed.
Living as an authentically Catholic community, we strive to be welcoming, inclusive and compassionate to all. In addition to the wellbeing of students at St Mary's, the pastoral care and wellbeing of our parents and families is important to us and gives witness to our Catholic faith in action.
When families are in need of extra assistance, whether financial, emotional or otherwise, the school is here to provide support to families in a variety of ways while maintaining confidentiality and dignity.
Families are encouraged to speak with the principal or a member of the school leadership team if they feel they need support of any kind.